Heavy workloads, long hours, and burnout are among the key challenges vets and veterinary practices in Ireland continue to face.
That is according to HLB Sheehan Quinn’s fifth annual report on veterinary practices, which it published on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022.
It stated that these have been recurring themes over the past five years since it began conducting this annual survey.
The survey shows that the aforementioned challenges continue to be an issue with staff shortages, “adding” to the pressure on practices.
How much do vets earn?
The report also explores working hours and earnings before tax.
Firstly, it revealed that earnings before tax “vary widely”.
It states: “While the top earners tend to be practice owners, those putting in long hours do not necessarily see their hard work reflected in earnings.”
“Some practice owners working over 60 hours a week have pre-tax earnings in the €35-49k bracket.”
“Respondents earning less than €35k are mostly females working 31-40 hours per week,” the report adds.
|Pre-tax earnings||All respondents (%)|
|Less than €35,000||13|
How many hours per week do vets work?
In terms of working hours, four out of ten respondents revealed that they work more than 50 hours per week.
The report highlights that practice owners, in particular, are putting in long hours as they “struggle” to improve working conditions for employees.
|Approximately, how many hours do you work per week?||All respondents|
|Less than 20||1|
|More than 60||25|
Consistent with its findings in previous years, a better work/life balance is the top aspiration of veterinary professionals.
85% of practice employees and 56% of practice owners listed this as a top career aspiration in this latest survey.
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